Hello there!

My name is Brendan Melia. I am a folksinger, songwriter, musician and story-teller.

I play Guitar, Harmonica, Banjo, Bouzouki and Foot percussion.

I write songs about what’s important to me. I’ve always been a supporter of the underdog. I was always rooting for the monster in those old black and white movies I watched when I was a child.

I could identify with and sympathize with the outsiders and the outcasts. I felt sorry for them. Yes i’m a bit weird!

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About My Music

I have always had a love for music. My mother was a great singer and sang with showbands in the UK in the 1950s. Hello Dolly was her party piece, she was brilliant. My uncle Charlie was a great singer of rebel songs after the required amount of Guinness. Between the both of them they inspired my love of music and singing.

The first song I ever learned was “The streets of New York” by the Wolfe Tones. It was a hit for them in 1981 so I was about 10 years old at the time and played that record over and over ‘till I had the song learned. It’s a fairly sentimental ballad written by Liam Reilly of Bagatelle fame. But it has a great story to it, and one that millions of Irish people could identify with.

I have released 4 original singles and 2 EPs of Irish folk songs so far and am currently working on my first album of original music.

It’s very exciting to see the songs develop and grow flesh as each new element is added, I’m so happy with the way the recording is going and cant wait to hear the finished product. It should be finished by March and will be released before the summer.

I have ventured out of my comfort zone with some of the tracks on the album venturing into Reggae, pop and some indie rock sounds. David Bowie once said “When you’re sitting in your comfort zone, you’re not learning or evolving”.

Big thanks to Mark Reddy and all the amazing musicians who are helping to make my songs a reality. I deeply appreciate it.

I’m in the process of setting up dates for gigs with my original music so I will keep you posted of any news or updates.

Thanks for joining the journey for a wee while and hope to see ye soon at a gig.
Slán